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LCL TV: Behind the scenes

The Living the Country Life TV series is now in its second season on RFD-TV. Here's a look at some things that took place behind the cameras, courtesy of host Betsy Freese.
  • Screenscape crew

    This was the first show we filmed this season. We are standing in a restored native prairie in Iowa. Lesa is trying to tame my wild hair. Our hard-working producer Sarah (seated) is keeping everything on schedule.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Finishing touch

    Now we are standing beside a wildlife food plot. Lesa has just about given up on my hair, but she is still trying.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Interviewing Dick

    This is the second day of filming. I am interviewing Dick Heiken about his Zebu cattle. I kept thinking the bull was going to charge up behind me, but he kept his distance.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Fainting goat

    I am interviewing Kathy Heiken about her fainting goats. When the goats are startled they get wooden legged. Sometimes they fall over on their backs with all four legs in the air for a few seconds, then they jump back up. It happens so quickly we were never able to capture the true "faint" on camera no matter how hard we tried.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Standing tall

    Here we are talking about alpacas with Art Reisinger. The animals are very quiet and gentle. I could hear them making a slight humming noise behind me.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Gedler place

    We are visiting Mike Gedler's beautiful acreage. This was the last shoot of a long day and we were all a bit loose. A lot of laughter on this shoot. We walked his trails until sunset.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Talkin trees

    We are filming at my acreage now, in front of my overgrown lilac bushes. Doug Blakely is showing me how to trim them back. I haven't done it yet, but I will.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Strollin'

    Now Doug and I are strolling through my yard as he tells me how to cut down trees. I like this photo because it shows off our old red barn. We restored the barn 10 years ago and it was money well spent.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Sheep watch

    These are some of my Dorset ewes. We were filming in their pasture and they came up to see what we were doing. These good ewes will drop twins or triplets every year with little fuss.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Gentle horse

    This is one of my favorite segments. Leon Matthias is showing me how to properly load and unload horses. This was filmed at my farm with Leon's Arabian horse.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Horse handler

    Leon let me hold his beautiful Arabian horse. He was perfectly trained and behaved. We were filming quickly because the sun was going down.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Harry and Betsy

    Harry Aller was telling me how to make an acreage more secure from theft. We filmed this segment near Pella, Iowa, on a beautiful fall day.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Down the row

    Grape producer Larry Engbers is showing me his lovely vineyard during the harvest season. Later, we went back into the rows and picked some grapes.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Ready to pick

    Look at these beauties. In between takes during the filming, I was eating grapes off the vine.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Talkin' bees

    This was an exciting show to film! I got to suit up and help Joel Veenstra collect honey from his hives. The bees were buzzing around me and crawling on my mask while I was asking questions. Nobody got stung.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Welcome

    Here we are talking beef and pork with Nancy Degner and Joyce Hoppes. We made grilled pork kabobs and hamburgers with jalapeno poppers. They were delicious!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Fire pit design

    Now we are talking worms! Dr. Mike Paul is telling me about pet parasites as we held my friend's dog, Molly. I was feeding Molly little doggie treats to keep her happy. She got bored by the second take and crawled under my chair to gnaw on a piece of wood.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Low angle

    Here I am talking about Belted Galloway cattle with Loren Olson. The camera crew had a tough time avoiding the piles of poo on the ground. Hey, this is a working farm!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Tractor restoration

    Now we are talking about tractor restoration with Mike Kalsem. I've never seen more tractor parts in one shop. Mike was very enthusiastic about his old tractors and could have talked all day.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Script review

    This was the last day of filming. Sarah and I are going over the horse training script one last time. I am wearing an Iowa State University shirt to plug my school, but Sarah made me change before we filmed. Go Cyclones!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The girls

    This was the very last show and we took a break as the sun was going down. Sarah (left) did a fantastic job of producing the show all season. And makeup guru Lesa did the best job possible at making me look decent for every show. It's not easy! On the right is our horse training expert Michelle Kalsem and her cute daughter.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012

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